Presented by 1st Responder Conferences & Blue H.E.L.P.
Co-hosted by the Spokane Police Department and the Kalispel Tribal Public Safety
This training is for all 1st responders, police, fire, military/veterans, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired 1st responders, spouses, professional staff, clinicians, and all who work in the public safety field. (Spouses and significant others are encouraged to register.)
1st Responder Conferences presents a multi-faceted two-day seminar and networking event for improving the mental health and wellness of our first responders. By discussing the real 21st Century issues that are consistently facing our first responders and their families, our conference will provide awareness, resources and action items to combat PTSD, depression, suicide, addiction, stress, and overall mental health.
1st Responder Conferences proudly introduces a line-up of credible nationally recognized speakers who will address matters that impact the personal and professional lives of first responders and their family members through dynamic and engaging presentations for the entire first responder community. This two-day seminar is unique in that your spouses or significant others who support you are invited to come learn with you.
With a progressive and forward message of optimism and sustainability, 1st Responder Conferences goal is pushing past traditional silence and bringing first responder wellness to our Everyday Heroes.
Register now for $50 off! Early bird pricing until February 3, 2021.
Speakers and Topics:
"Emotional Stability, the True Strength of a First Responder"-Pat Ellis, Puget Sound Fire, Kent Police Department Crisis Intervention Coordinator/Chaplain-Police Officers, Firefighters, 911 Operators and other Emergency Service Professionals are immersed in societies trauma and they are shareholders in societies grief. In the face of trauma and grief we have to separate ourselves from the emotions of the situation so that we can do the job that we have been sworn to uphold. In the midst of unimaginable tragedy, first responders put their emotions to the side and provide first aid and investigative skills. The ability to ignore, override, and push forward is a skill that is learned and utilized on a regular basis. While this skill is invaluable and allows us to do our jobs, we pay the price on the backside of life. The professional separation is actually a suppression of the emotions we are exposed to which creates an emotional vacuum in our psych causing our emotional equilibrium to be off kilter. We start to lose the ability to be vulnerable and emotional connected to our loved ones. We explain this away by thinking of vulnerability and emotions as weaknesses. This webinar will take a close look at this process and explorer tangible and workable solutions and strategies to maintaining emotional equilibrium and connectedness with the people in our lives that matter the most. Pat Ellis started his career as a public safety chaplain in 2000 with the Kent Police Department, Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, Valley 911 Communications Center. He holds multiple certifications in critical incident stress management, traumatic stress, traumatic grief, and line of duty death of an emergency responder. Pat teaches Critical Incident Stress Management, Compassion Fatigue and Emotional Survival in Emergency Services and Compassion Fatigue for various public safety agencies and academy’s throughout Washington. He also trains and coordinates peer support teams for multiple fire and police departments. Pat serves as President of the Board for the Washington State Fallen Firefighters Foundation and is the co-author of the Washington State Fire Service Line of Duty Death Policy and Procedures. He is the Washington State Coordinator for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Local Assistant State Team.
"Overcoming Physical and Mental Challenges: A Personal Story of Beating Breast Cancer"-Carol Dellinger, Inspirational & Motivational Speaker, Warrior Marathon Runner-Carol has finished 314 marathons and counting, and she is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. She presents a very moving and inspiring presentation to show you that challenges can be overcome! You will be inspired to live life to its fullest after hearing her speak! Carol is an inspirational and motivational speaker for many running events, sales meetings, athletic teams, and breast cancer events. She is one of only a few women in the United States to have finished over 300 marathons! Born and raised in Spokane, she travels extensively sharing her story of survival. She says "I will never quit; I will never give in because I am a survivor and an overcomer! I still have a lot of fight left in me!
"Stress: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly"-Dr. Josh Briley, Electromedical Products International, Inc.- Stress is a prevalent and necessary part of life for a first responder. There is the immediate stress of responding to a call, whether it is a traffic citation, structure fire, motor vehicle accident, domestic dispute, etc. Every time a first responder receives a call and leaps into action, there are physical and psychological changes induced by the situational stress that allow him or her to perform at peak levels. There is the anticipatory stress in waiting for a call to come in. So even the "quiet" days can produce an underlying stress of waiting for something to happen. There is also the chronic stress of shift work, overtime, time lost with family, coping with changes in bureaucratic requirements, supervisors, and civilians. And obviously, there is the stress that comes from the repeated exposure to trauma that affects all first responders. Ineffective, and often harmful, methods of attempting the manage this stress are easy to fall in to. Substance use, improper use of medications, anger outbursts, isolating from family and other loved ones, avoidance, etc. all generally start as ways to just get through the day, or get to sleep. But they can quickly get out of hand and cause ripple effects at work, with our families, and even our physical and mental health. However, there are better ways to cope with the stress. This presentation will cover some ways to manage stress in the middle of an emergency situation, as well as some slight changes to perspective and lifestyle that will profoundly improve your ability to manage the ever-present stress in your life. Safer and more effective treatments for anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain will also be discussed. Josh Briley PhD, FAIS, is the Science and Education Director for Electromedical Products International, Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of Alpha-Stim devices. Dr. Briley is a licensed clinical psychologist. His multi-faceted career has given him experience with a wide variety of populations and psychological difficulties. He began his career working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons first as a staff psychologist at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont, TX, then as a Residential Drug Abuse Program Coordinator at the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, OK. While employed with BOP, he also served on, and was later assigned to lead, two institutional Crisis Support Teams. He was also selected to be an Assistant Team Leader for the Regional Crisis Support Team in the South-Central Region of the Bureau of Prisons, and served as both a Regional and National trainer for Crisis Support Team exercises and classes. His duties with Crisis Support Teams made him proficient in Psychological First Aid, disaster response, critical incident management, and shelter management. After leaving the Bureau of Prisons, Dr. Briley served as the clinical psychologist for a community outpatient clinic in Central Texas for the Veterans Health Administration. He became proficient in treating veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and family difficulties. In addition, Dr. Briley has served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Phoenix online, teaching several courses in Statistics, Research Methodology, and Abnormal Psychology for the Masters of Psychology program. Dr. Briley concurrently served as a part-time professor for Capella University online teaching an introductory to the psychology program to undergraduates. Dr. Briley ran a private practice for five years, providing a wide range of psychological assessments and therapy to members of a rural, Central Texas community. For the past three years, Dr. Briley has worked with BetterHelp.com and its affiliates, providing therapy online to clients in Texas and throughout the world.
"Gaining Gravity"-Jarom Smith, Leadership Expert-“Gaining Gravity” focuses primarily on empowering teams and leaders to think bigger of themselves while also adopting accountability as an asset rather than a burden. Many people go about talking about “influence” from a circumstantial standpoint, when in fact, it has everything to do with how we perceive (or fail to recognize) patterns in the world around us. This presentation calibrates the mind to help shift our interpersonal belief system into a healthier, and much more true set of beliefs. The promise? An increase productivity, retention, and morale in the workplace. These practices of mental wellness and accountability are essential when working in high intensity environments. Jarom started off in the entertainment industry, where he helped produce films by helping them get funded, and starred in a few as well. He decided Hollywood wasn't his thing, and instead moved and started working with a company that did leadership events for school in an effort to fundraise. Jarom was the lead speaker of the Orange County Franchise. Though he still works with that company from time to time, Jarom now speaks independently. Jarom was recently featured in Forbes as an expert in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence and also Yahoo Finance. He will soon be taking a portion of his keynote to a TED event.
"Normalizing Mental Health Awareness to Reduce Stigma in First Responders”-Retired Officer Gary Taylor, Psy.D.-Gary covers first responder professions by showing statistics for their occupations, unifying the data by demonstrating trauma is not tied to any specific job. He discusses the culture, utilizes research data to support stigma problems and reduction needs and shows research on the issue from the military and the World Health Organization. After laying out the problem, he will discuss his personal experiences, the importance of help seeking behavior and education in the culture. He will also provide information on the importance of post traumatic growth, and various types of therapies currently being used, most importantly, there is no one size fits all therapy. Lastly, Gary has audio and video of others speaking on this issue, and the access he has to police psychologists across the country through his membership in the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology. Gary Taylor is a retired police officer with nineteen years of service with Fresno and Clovis Police Departments beginning in 1994-2013. Gary is a member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology in order to network with mental health professionals that deal with law enforcement. He has his (M.S.) degree in Criminology from California State University, Fresno, and his doctorate (Psy.D.) in Organizational Development from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno. He created an intervention program to help law enforcement officers, administrators and family members become more aware of the benefits of mental health treatment so they can get help sooner than later. Gary has consulted and has been asked to speak on this subject matter at conferences across the U.S.
“The Resilient Hero"-Captain Nicole Picknell, Snohomish Fire-The first responder lifestyle often creates stress in our lives both acute and long-term stress. Many of us live for the job and take the job stress home. We often allow our work to get in the way of taking care of our body and mind first. In this workshop first responders and families will discover how movement, exercise and nutrition can be the foundation to a healthy mindset. We will discuss how exercise can decrease stress, clear the mind and support you shifting from shift. You will learn how to create a healthy foundation so you become more resilient and able to handle the stress of life and the job! Join me in learning how movement and nutrition can support you with optimum health. Nicole Picknell has served almost 30 year in the fire service and has experience as a Wildland Firefighter, Paramedic, Helitack firefighter, Captain, Lieutenant and Acting Battalion Chief. Her education includes Exercise science and Firefighter health. She has a background in nutritional therapy, massage therapy and emotional intelligence training. She has a passion and desire to create awareness around peer support needs and emotional awareness.
“Mindfulness and Resiliency”-Ryan Sawyer, Life Coach, Integrated Human Performance-Ryan will introduce the Big 4 of mental toughness from Unbeatable mind. He will also give you an introduction to the breath and the importance of understanding breathwork for daily practice and performance. Then he will dive into the power of positivity and visualization to unlock the potential of living a heart-centered life. Ryan is the author of the new book CHOICE POINT: Break the cycle of self-sabotage, accelerate your growth, and realize your true potential. He is a Licensed Unbeatable Mind Coach, Certified Q Process Facilitator, Certified Oxygen Advantage Coach, Certified Kokoro Yoga Instructor, Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, and Speaker. Ryan is a former national champion college football coach, owner of a thriving residential painting company, and a devoted husband and father.
“Recognizing the Need for Help and Pursuing It-Lieutenant Shawn Poole, Spokane Fire Department-Shawn's presentation will take you on a quick personal journey, that ends with a success story. Shawn Poole started his career in public service as a commissioned Army Officer in 1988. He saw combat in Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990/1991. After leaving active duty, Shawn returned to his home town of Spokane to continue serving as a city firefighter starting in 1992 and currently holds the rank of Fire Lieutenant. He holds a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from the University of Montana. He has numerous fire service-related certifications to include Hazardous Materials Specialist. Shawn is also a retired Army Colonel having been mobilized and deployed twice as a reservist, once to Alexandria Virginia where he was responsible for burying dead soldiers (2007-2008) and then to Iraq working in Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) (2008-2010). Shawn is a PTSD survivor, a recovering alcoholic and a recent graduate of a In-patient Recovery/REHAB program for PTSD and Substance Abuse.
Continental Breakfast and lunches are provided on both days.
*Networking Socialon February 25th from 4:00-6:00 pm @ the venue. This is a great opportunity to get to know others, ask questions and share your ideas and thoughts with other like-minded professionals. Appetizers will be provided and beverages will be available for purchase.
*Accommodations:Conference specials/discounted hotel rates available: Group block/discounted hotel rates available: We have a group block at The Northern Quest Resort & Casino (Classic Rooms $129.00 Sunday-Thursday, Classic Rooms $169.00 Friday-Saturday. This rate will be available based on guest room availability at the Resort). All reservations for the group will be handled through the Northern Quest Resort & Casino's reservation department and guests may call this toll-free number (866) 298-1941 and let them know you are attending the 1st Responder Conferences Conference.
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*You must register to attend. Seats are limited for this conference. Early Bird registration is open until February 3rd and is $199.00. Registration after February 3rd will be $249.00 (Plus Eventbrite charges)
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Waiver of Liability
Some of the material presented at this event may cause emotional triggers. We will have onsite assistance if needed. There will also be additional resources available if needed. This conference is not intended to provide counseling services, whether medical, psychological or of any other kind, nor to diagnose, prevent, cure or treat any disease, diorder or injury. This conference is certainly not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you need expert advice, please consult a competent professional. This conference is only intended for “educational” use and it should only be used as a guide.
COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION:
While participating in events held by 1st Responder Conferences (1st RC) “social distancing” must always be practiced and face coverings worn to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, 1st RC has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 1st RC cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19.
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Please download the flyer and post it in your organizations office share or with others. We all can benefit from mental health and wellness training. If we work together to spread the word, we will break the stigma, help others and save lives!
*Accommodations: Conference specials/discounted hotel rates available: Group block/discounted hotel rates available: We have a group block at The Northern Quest Resort & Casino Casino (Classic Rooms $129.00 Sunday-Thursday, Classic Rooms $169.00 Friday-Saturday. This rate will be available based on guest room availability at the Resort). All reservations for the group will be handled through the Northern Quest Resort & Casino's reservation department and guests may call this toll free number (866) 298-1941 and let them know you are attending the 1st Responder Conferences Conference.
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